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Books on Bikes: Amazon’s New 1-Hour Delivery Service

Last week, Amazon’s new “Prime Now” 1-hour delivery services became available to all Manhattan residents after a two month test in select Manhattan neighborhoods.

On Twitter, customers are calling Prime Now “Awesome,” “Great,” “Amazing” and a “game changer.”

Prime Now includes book delivery and some members of the literary and retail community worry that this new service will hurt local and independent bookstores.

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See Bot Run: Are Robot Writers On the March?

Feel like your book has lots of competition? It turns out, the authors you’re up against aren’t just just humans — robots are now getting into the writing game too.

The Associated Press now churns out ~30 articles a day based on algorithms, according to Verge. You can see examples of those articles with this Google search. AP buys those articles from a company called Automated Insights, which may be able to generate 2,000 articles per second.

And Swedish computer programmer Sverker Johansson has created an automated robot known as Lsjbot that has written nearly 3 million Wikipedia entries. “The bot scrapes information from various trusted sources, and then cobbles that material together, typically into a very short entry, or ‘stub,’” says Popular Science.

But Sverker Johansson is just one of many Geppettos behind an army of robot writers. As Popular Science explains:

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